A study involving more than 1,000 participants in late adulthood showed why an anti-inflammatory diet may be effective for cognitive health.
Released in Neurology, the participants were tasked with completing a food frequency questionnaire that established the potential for inflammation associated with their diet.
In the questionnaire, the participants were asked to provide their food consumption habits, including that of fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, dairy products, and sweets.
After studying the participants for a span of three years, it was found that 62 participants had developed dementia.
One co-author of the study concluded: “Our results are getting us closer to characterizing and measuring the inflammatory potential of people’s diets. That in turn could help inform more tailored and precise dietary recommendations and other strategies to maintain cognitive health.”